Doctoral Degree Organizational

The Professional School of Psychology has offered graduate programs in psychology since 1979. The School focuses on quality education, preparation for professional practice, and meeting the educational needs of mature, working professionals. The Professional School of Psychology is approved under California Education Code 94310.2.

This doctoral program in Organizational Psychology equips students to develop competency in six domains: teacher, interventionist, scholar, researcher, leader, and advocate. These six areas provide the mature learner with a solid foundation for future professional practices. The program expands upon the subject matter offered in many master-level degrees. Core organizational classes expose students to a wide array of knowledge, applications, and approaches, with three core courses focusing on the individual, three on the group, and three on the organization. In each case, one of the three courses is concerned with theory, one concerned with assessment, and the third concerned with intervention. This degree meets the educational requirements of the Board of Psychology for licensure in the State of California as a Psychologist, though most graduates do not choose to obtain State licensing. This program requires completion of 116 units.

The Application Process 

The application process begins with a personal screening interview to ensure ‘goodness of fit’ with the program and educational philosophy of the School. With the concurrence of a representative of the School, a prospective student may visit a class. The Admissions Committee ordinarily communicates a decision on a completed application within two weeks. Requirements include a masters degree in psychology or a masters degree in a closely related field. Access to a computer, printer, and e-mail is essential.

Qualified students are allowed to take up to three classes or twelve units on a class by class (non-matriculated) basis, typically while they are gathering application material. In this case, students submit Part I of the application (received after a personal interview) and pay the per unit cost of the classes. If the student applies and is accepted into a program at the School, then both financial and academic credit can be applied to the program in which the student enrolls.

Program Requirements

Courses Quarter Units
Personality Theory 4
Social Bases of Behavior 4
Behavioral Neurobiology 4
Cognitive Bases of Behavior 4
ORGANIZATIONAL CORE COURSES Quarter Units
Attitude Theory 4
Decision Theory 4
Adult Learning 4
Theoretical Foundations: Individuals 4
Theoretical Foundations: Groups 4
Theoretical Foundations: Organizations 4
Measurement & Assessment: Individuals 4
Measurement & Assessment: Groups 4
Measurement & Assessment: Organizations 4
Interventions: Individuals 4
Interventions: Groups 4
Interventions: Organizations 4
Elective (1- 4 unit course) 4
FIELD EDUCATION Quarter Units
Applied Field Experience (1500 hours) 10
Industrial/Organizational Case Conference 3
DISSERTATION Quarter Units
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry I 5
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry II 5
The Nature of Psychological Inquiry III 5
Dissertation Design 5
Dissertation Project 15
COMPETENCY PORTFOLIO Quarter Units
Applied Field Experience  13

Successful completion of a portfolio documenting competency in the areas of scholar, teacher, advocate, interventionist, leader and researcher.

Total units: 116